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Facebook fixes service disruption that affected millions

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Facebook said Monday morning that it has addressed a glitch that left users around the world reporting problems updating their status on the site.

"Earlier this morning, while performing some network maintenance, we experienced an issue that prevented some users from posting to Facebook for a brief period of time," a Facebook spokesman told FoxNews.com. "We resolved the issue quickly, and we are now back to 100 percent. We're sorry for any inconvenience we may have caused."

The "issue" had left millions of users temporarily unable to like posts, post comments or upload photos.

Michael Allen, a director at Compuware Corporation, which tracks Internet downtime using its Outage Analyzer tool, told SkyNews the apparent technical problems would have an "enormous impact" on millions of people.

"This is because many other businesses and websites are connected to Facebook through the integration of its services," he said.

"For example, Facebook is used to enable people to login to many other sites and applications. Any organization that is seeing errors or slowdowns with their own site or application should check to see if they are relying on Facebook services before they start firefighting, as this might be the cause." 

The popular site Down Right Now, which monitors the status of some of the Internet's most popular services, warned Facebook users that disruption was "likely." It began to receive widespread reports from people to struggling to use the website at around 8.00 a.m EST.

Founded in 2004 by Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook has around 700 million daily active users, according to its own figures. It stores more than 100 petabytes of photos and videos at its three U.S. data centers in Oregon, North Carolina and Iowa, as well as a fourth in Lulea, Sweden.

News wires contributed to this report.


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